Assistance

myMDTHINK

1-800-332-6347

311 West Saratoga Street Baltimore, MD 21201

A consumer portal provided by The Maryland Department of Health and Human Services connecting Maryland residents with public health and human services resources. Please visit myMDTHINK and connect with services to support children and caretakers, including Child Support and information on Foster Care and Adoption services with children; Programs that provide healthcare and assistance for those with disabilities; Maryland programs to assist those in unemployment or seeking skills training; Financial assistance programs to provide food and cash to those who qualify based on income and other factors; Services related to keeping children safe and performing background searches for those intending to work with children; Services to protect and care for elderly and vulnerable adults; and Programs that provide energy assistance and cash grants for housing and other emergencies.

tags: public health, child support, healthcare, disabilities, unemployment, skills training, financial services, protective services, elderly, energy assistance, emergency housing

Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

1-800-242-4WIC(942)

410-333-5683

201 W. Preston Street, 1st Floor Baltimore, Maryland 21201

WIC provides healthy supplemental foods, referrals to other programs, and support for pregnant women, new mothers, and children under the age of five.

tags: WIC, nutrition, women, infants, children

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

1-800-332-6347

311 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, known as the Food Supplement Program, or FSP, in Maryland) provides monthly assistance to low-income families to help them buy food and eat healthy. The program provides a monthly sum of money on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to be used, like a debit card, at authorized grocery stores and other food retailers.

tags: SNAP, EBT

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

1-833-330-PEBT (1-833-330-7328)

311 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Maryland Department of Human Services in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education has secured approval from the USDA on its joint submission to operate a Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program.

P-EBT is intended to cover breakfast, lunch, and a snack for eligible children who would have received these meals at their school, for five days a week. The benefit for the 2020-2021 school year is valued at $6.82 per day for a full virtual month of enrollment or for a full hybrid month of enrollment.

tags: EBT, P-EBT, meals

Maryland Hunger Solutions

410-528-0021

410-554-3740

711 W. 40th Street, Suite 360 Baltimore, Maryland 21211

Maryland Hunger Solutions works to end hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of individuals, children and families in Maryland. Maryland Hunger Solutions works to overcome barriers and create self-sustaining connections between Maryland residents with federal and state nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (known as the Food Supplement Program in Maryland) and school meals programs.

tags: SNAP, EBT, P-EBT, WIC, SFSP, summer meals, summer food service program

Comcast Free and Discounted Internet Services

1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)

Comcast is offering two free months of free Internet Essentials service to new internet customers. You may qualify for Internet Essentials if you qualify for SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, and other services. After promotional pricing, the cost will be $9.95/month + tax. Comcast also offers free WiFi to people who are not current Comcast customers. A list of public WiFi locations can be found at www.xfinity.com/wifi.

Department of Education, Division of Early Childhood

410-767-0100

200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

The Division of Early Childhood at the Maryland State Department of Education is responsible for early care and education in Maryland. The main mission of the Division is to improve early education in Maryland so that young children are well prepared for school. The Division is composed of the Office of Child care, the Early Learning Branch, and the Collaboration and Program Improvement Branch.

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Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care (OCC) works to support and guide early education and child care so that every young child in Maryland has a strong foundation and will be ready for kindergarten. The OCC is responsible for licensing and inspecting all child care centers and family child care and daycare providers in Maryland and evaluating and approving applications for Maryland State Department of Education Child Care Trainers/Training Proposal Approval Program.  The OCC also administers Maryland’s subsidized child care program for working families and the state’s Child Care Credentialing System.

The OCC is responsible for the regulation of child care, facilitating the development of new child care resources, promoting the use of regulated care, monitoring caregiver compliance with child care licensing requirements, encouraging the growth of caregiver professionalism, and providing technical assistance to caregivers and parents. Within OCC, the Licensing Branch is specifically responsible for all child care licensing activities.

The Early Learning Branch is responsible for pre-k and kindergarten policy and programs. This branch also oversees the Ready for Kindergarten Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System, Developmental Screening, Early Childhood Curriculum and the Maryland Approved Alternative Program Preparation. For more information about any of these branches or to locate a daycare provider please visit the website.

USDA Rural Development

(302) 857-3580

1221 College Park Drive, Suite 200, Dover, MD 19904

Provides subsidized home loans to very low and low income people for new and existing homes. Provides grants to very low income people age 62 or older and one percent interest loans for any very low income person who owns and occupies their home to complete home repairs that are needed to fix hazardous conditions for safety reasons. Applications available by mail, email or in the office.

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Eligibility

Call our office for income guidelines used in determining eligibility.

Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm

Areas Served

This office serves Caroline, Dorchester,Queen Anne’s,Talbot, Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico Counties

Upper Shore Aging

410-479-2535

410-479-1879

Upper Shore Aging Housing Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of decent, safe and affordable housing for Senior Citizens in the upper five Counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Service

Two Senior Centers in Caroline County provide a pleasant environment where older adults can socialize and participate in group activities, including recreation; education; physical fitness; arts and crafts; holiday events and fun and games. Both Senior Centers have computers with Internet access.Senior information and assistance. Senior Care. Legal assistance, Housing. Public Guardianship.

Eligibility

Individuals must be 62 years of age, disabled or handicapped adult. Income from all sources must not exceed the Federally established income eligibility guidelines for the county where each project is located. Call the agency for an application.

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Fri. 8 AM-3 PM

Areas Served

Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot, and Caroline Counties.

Visiting Angels

443-746-0494

443-552-0948

To help seniors who need a helping hand.

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Service

Personal care, hygiene assistance, light housekeeping, meal preparation, running errands, and general companionship.

Fees

We have a variety of package options – arrange for your free in-home assessment to hear all about them.

Areas Served

Queen Anne, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties